Nokia Lumia+Windows Phone 8. This combo has been touted as one of the most innovative combinations to have occurred in the smartphone industry. But it came with a price tag that qualified only for high-end smartphones. This of course is history now; what with the Nokia Lumia 520 and 720 being launched at the MWC 2013 to join the mid-range bandwagon along with the Nokia Lumia 620. One is bound to be in great dilemma as to which of the three would be the best. Here’s where we step in to help you choose better! Presenting- Nokia Lumia 520 vs 620 vs 720:
Design and Form Factor
The 620 looks rather round and bulbous in comparison to both 520 and 720. The Nokia Lumia 720 is the slimest of the 3 at a thickness of about 9 mm. All 3 devices weigh nearly the same! Nokia Lumia 720 comes with wireless charging snap on covers and an NFC based car dock for navigation.
While the 720 comes packed with a 4.3″ large screen, sunlight readability and the Corning Gorilla Glass 2 with 217 ppi pixel density, the 620 has a 3.8″ screen, sunlight readability with 246 ppi pixel density and the 520 has an ordinary 4″ screen with 233 ppi pixel density. The 720 definitely kills competition where the display is concerned!
When it comes to processor, all the three handsets are powered by a 1GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8227 Snapdragon S4 processor. The Snapdragon S4 chipset uses Krait processor and enables the devices to communicate quickly, efficiently and most importantly reduces the heat, thereby allowing the handsets to have enhanced battery life by reducing processing power wastage.
Both Lumia 520, 620 house a 5MP rear camera. However, minor difference seeps in, as Lumia 520 comes with autofocus and lacks a front camera for video calling. However, Lumia 620 is packed with an autofocus and LED flash along with a VGA front camera for video calling. At the same time, Lumia 720 comes with a superior 6.7MP camera equipped with Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus and LED flash and has a 1.3MP front camera capable of recording 720p videos. What gives it an edge over the Lumia 520 and 620 is the Nokia Place Tag Camera Lens ! Photography with the Nokia Lumia 720 is an absolute treat because of this amazing feature.
When it comes to data connectivity, Lumia 520, Lumia 620 and Lumia 720 come with decent connectivity features including dual band Wi-Fi, average 3G download speeds, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP and micro USB 2.0. However, Lumia 620 and Lumia 720 score higher with NFC connectivity for easier mobile payments.
Battery life is one of the few important things one considers while investing into a smartphone. One can’t expect a very great battery life out of any smartphone though. While Lumia 520 has a 1,430 mAh battery delivering up to 360 hours backup, Lumia 620 comes with a 1,300 mAh battery offering 330 hours backup and Lumia 720 is powered by a 2,000 mAh battery with a greater backup of 520 hours.
The Nokia Lumia 620 is soon to be launched in India for INR 15,000. Nokia Lumia 520 and 720, each of which were launched at the MWC 2013, are expected to be priced at INR 10,000 and INR 19,000 respectively.
Being based on the same version of the operating system, all the three smartphones might offer a similar user experience. However, they have distinguished features that will make them unique.
For those looking to own an entry level smartphone, Lumia 520 with pretty basic hardware and compromising a front camera yet packed with all the innovative and amazing features that Windows Phone 8 has to offer should be a great choice at a price point as low as INR 10,000. Lumia 620, which is to come to India soon is a good mid-range offering, however, Lumia 720 can be claimed as the best smartphone offering among the three as it comes with a better display, improved camera performance and enhanced battery backup!
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